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As part of anti-bullying assembly, Eastmont sixth-grade students listened to former NBA Utah Jazzman Thurl Bailey when he told them he was bullied when he was their age. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Sandy Club opens new building after decades in basement By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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fter two decades in the basement of the Sandy Parks and Recreation Department, the Sandy Club, A Safe Place for Boys and Girls, officially opened its new location. The nonprofit, which offers a safe space for children to come to after school, held a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 28 and invited various members of Sandy government and community. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Linda Martinez Saville, director of the Sandy Club, A Safe Place for Boys and Girls, thanked the mayor, various local businesses and the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as members of the staff and volunteers. “Everyone has done something for us,” Saville said. Mayor Tom Dolan took time to thank Saville for her tenacious and tireless effort to provide a safe space for the kids of Sandy. “This would not exist without Linda. She may be small in stature but she is a fighter. Without her determination and will, this would not have happened,” Dolan said. “This is a good thing. Bless you Linda and all who helped you in this.” The idea for the Sandy Club, A Safe Place for Boys and Girls, started 23 years ago when Saville wanted to create a safe space for kids after school “This will be such a great place for children to come to every day after school and their parents will know they are safe and they’re being educated and we’re taking good care of them.” Saville went to the Sandy mayor asking if there was a location she could use. The mayor responded that if she found a place, she should call him. Saville eventually found the basement of the Parks and Recreation Department, which was being used for storage. Saville quickly called the mayor and received approval to turn the space into the Sandy Club, A Safe Place for Boys and Girls. “That was such a happy day. I was so excited,” Saville said. “I started tearing down

Director Linda Martinez Saville and Mayor Tom Dolan cut the ribbon to open the new location of the Sandy Club, A Safe Place for Boys and Girls. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

walls. I started painting and doing a check-in area for the kids.” Eventually, the basement location became too crowded as the program became more and more successful. Saville and the board of directors began looking for a location to build a building just for the Sandy Club, A Safe Place for Boys and Girls. Jim Hofeling, the chair of the board of directors, told Saville if she wanted a new building, that’s all she had to say. “They love this club. They have the same dream that I had,” Saville said. “I know the the only reason this happened is because we were all on the same page.” The Sandy Club, A Safe Place for Boys and Girls provides kids in the community a safe space to go to after school. Each day is divided into three sections. When the kids first arrive, they have free time to play computer games, video games, color, read or play sports in the gym. The second hour is devoted to exercise,

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such as soccer and basketball. During the last hour, kids do their homework. The club provides volunteers and staff members to help the kids if needed. The club also has a donation room filled with items kids might need and are free for them to take. This includes shoes, winter coats, socks and underwear. The club also provides vouchers to Deseret Industries to parents who may be starting from scratch and need to purchase furniture for their home. “We have all those things to help families in our city and our community and they can come for help,” Saville said. Saville asked the kids what they thought about the new building. “The kids always say that it’s safe,” Saville said. “I just thought, how awesome is that.” To learn more about the Sandy Club, A Safe Place for Boys and Girls, visit thesandyclub. org. l

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CPR for the mind: SLCo offers mental health first aid By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


he Speedy Foundation teamed up with Optum on Sept. 24 to offer a free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course at the Salt Lake County offices in West Valley City. MHFA is an eight-hour course training participants how to identify the common signs of mental illness including depression, anxiety disorders and substance use.

What the Classes Do For four years Robyn Emery has been teaching MHFA, but her involvement with mental health has spanned much longer. Emery’s daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 14 and it’s what led Emery into her work field. “[My daughter] got me involved just trying to keep her alive and good and well…now I advocate for families with kids who have mental health issues,” Emery said. Emery is a certified MHFA facilitator and a family support specialist at Optum. She said the class is essential in teaching people how to be first responders in a mental health crisis. “People are often trained in CPR or the Heimlich maneuver or first aid, but you’re just as likely to come in contact with someone who is suffering from a mental or emotional crisis,” Emery said. Julie Stewart and her husband have taken the course twice and work with homeless people experiencing mental health issues. “With the skills I learned, I feel confident I can step up to support someone in my community and help them get the care they need,” Stewart, a Sandy resident, said. Emery said the most important skills participants learn is how to recognize an issue, having the tools to assess the risk and directing the person to a place they can seek professional help. “You’re not going to be able to handle it forever, you’re not supposed to be,” Emery said. “We want [class participants] to see what it looks like and what it’s not.” Katie Flood, director and treasurer of The Speedy Foundation, said recognizing the issue promptly rather than ignoring the signs can help stop issues before they become serious. “A lot of times we overlook [the signs] and just assume they’ll be OK and get themselves out of this funk,” Flood said. Stewart said she used to be afraid talking to people suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. She learned strategies they could use to council with those who feel like “they’ve hit rock bottom.” “Instead of saying, ‘well you’ll be OK,’ and walk off, maybe realizing instead that it does help to assess the situation and say, ‘let’s talk about it.’ Those words are big words,” Stewart said. “[Emery’s] class really does help you feel more comfortable in talking through things.” It’s part of the skill set attendees are meant to acquire along with knowing where to send people for professional help. “We could give reassurance that there is help and learning from Robyn about all the resources in the valley was huge for us,” Stewart said. It could also prove a lifesaver for the homeless Stewart works with. One in five adults experience mental illness according to the National Institute on Mental Health. With everyone capable of receiving aid from the course, Flood has experienced firsthand the results of the training. “I’ve used it for myself, not knowing I was depressed. Then seeing it really progress, I was able to use those tools and take a

MHFA training teaches participants how to identify the most common signs of mental illness and an action plan to help someone in crisis. (Courtesy of Optum)

By training more people to assist someone facing a behavioral health crisis, Optum and The Speedy Foundation hope to increase the chances that the person in need gets help. (Courtesy of Optum)

For immediate assistance with a behavioral health crisis, call the Salt Lake County Crisis Line 24 hours/7 days a week at (801) 587-3000. step back and really reflect on what I was going through,” Flood said. For a year and a half, Flood has worked with The Speedy Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preventing suicide and supporting mental health. It was formed in 2011 in memory of Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic freestyle aerials silver medalist. Peterson battled depression before taking his life at age 29. Flood’s brother was an Olympian with Peterson and felt the need to jump in and help. “I, too, had suffered from depression. I feel like its therapeutic in a way. I can reach out and show there’s recovery and hope and good health,” Flood said. Breaking down stigmas Classes are comprised of 20 to 30 people and one of the first things it does is dispel stigmas surrounding mental health. Flood said it’s the interactive classes that help shatter perceptions. “You see people engaged, really asking the questions they’ve seen people go through. The engagement is wonderful for people to get rid of the stigmas of depression, drug abuse and suicide,” Flood said. Emery said the class facilitates understanding of a person with mental illness. “The whole basis with a stigma is a lack of knowledge. When you learn about these things, that they’re normal and not a flaw in their character, it makes a difference in how you interact with them,” Emery said. Emery explained that oftentimes people with mental illness are perceived as scary and violent when in reality, they’re more likely to be the victim. She said she would love to see everyone in the valley take the course because you never know when a situation will arise. “I think of it personally with my daughter, I’m not with her every night. What if something goes wrong and I’m not around, who’s going to take care of her? Neighbors? And if they don’t know what to do, they can’t be a lot of help,” Emery said. “In

fact, they probably walk away because they’re frightened by what they don’t understand.” Emery took the MHFA course. It improved her family relationships, more than just with her daughter. Emery’s nephew committed suicide 30 years ago, the night before his 31st birthday. He had three little kids at the time. Emery was angry at him. She would go to the cemetery leaving flowers at the graves of all her family members, except his. She would wonder how he could do such a selfish thing. For 20 years, she continued to wonder until the class changed her perception. “Now I know the pain he was feeling was so intense, that it was the only way he knew how to stop it,” Emery said. “It’s helped me to be a lot more compassionate and feel things that I didn’t for 20 years.” Youth Mental Health “Mental health is not restricted to a particular age group,” Stewart said about traumatic experiences affecting all ages. Youth mental health classes are also offered for people who regularly interact with adolescents who may be experiencing mental health or addiction challenges. These classes have become increasingly important in light of a July report from the Utah Department of Health (UDH) stating that suicide is the leading cause of death in Utah for 10to 17-year-olds. “We’re in a major youth suicide crisis right now…we need to really hit home in our schools and anywhere we can,” Flood said, adding that the class is great for parents, counselors and educators. Often times mental health issues can be misjudged as anxiety, stress or being overdramatic, especially in teens Emery said. “It took me two years to realize that it wasn’t typical teenage rebellion,” Emery said of the experience with her daughter. Flood said the class shows participants the signs between typical and atypical teenage behavior. “You can see where a typical teenager will always go on Continued on next page…


S andy Journal .Com their roller coaster ride to really seeing the signs of isolating and if they’re getting involved with alcohol and drugs,” Flood said. Severity and time are two of the most important things to look for according to Emery. “That lets you know it’s not a situational issue,” Emery said. Utah’s Issues Challenges of maintaining an emotional balance is an issue affecting the entire state of Utah. In a survey conducted by UDH, it showed that one in 15 Utah adults have had serious thoughts of suicide and according to statistics compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Utah ranks fifth in the nation in suicide rates at 21 people per 100,000 people. “We live in what they call suicide alley,” Emery said referring to the region that includes Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota to go along with Utah. The region has the highest average rate of almost 20 suicides per 100,000 people. “Suicide is the one cause of death that is 100 percent preventable, if you know what to do,” Emery said. Stewart said having awareness of the issue can assist in both the healing and prevention process. “We can all help each other, I might not be in a crisis today but I might be next month,” Stewart said. With the MHFA classes and a suicide hotline in Idaho, Flood said The Speedy Foundation is reaching its mission in promoting conversation on the topic. In turn, this helps the individuals who need assistance. “It’s OK to let people know you’ve gone through hard times because chances are that everyone has, just different

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degrees of it,” Flood said. “People feel shame with it so no one wants to talk about it.” Optum and Speedy Foundation Partnership The partnership between The Speedy Foundation and Optum started two years ago in Idaho before branching to the Utah division. Optum manages Salt Lake County Mental Health and Substance Use services through a contract with the Division of Behavioral Health Services. Flood said MHFA courses fit the need for education and fit the mission of the foundation by combining to provide free books for the courses. Cost of the class is typically $20 to cover the cost of the book provided, but with the partnership, the classes are available for free for limited period of time. “We are committed to working with Optum to increase awareness about suicide prevention and assist people throughout the Salt Lake area who are affected by mental illness,” Flood said. Provided by the partnership for the eight-hour courses are leadership, logistical support, printed course materials and awareness campaigns. Emery said it’s been great working with The Speedy Foundation. “They’re incredible, it’s a great foundation…a lot of people have been able to benefit from the classes who otherwise couldn’t,” Emery said. It’s more likely to find someone having an emotional crisis than a heart attack. Which, Emery said, makes it all the more important to take the class. “It really is [important]. I have a family full of mental health problems and I don’t know what I would’ve done if I didn’t have

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Peanuts jumps from strip to stage in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


he classic characters from the Peanuts gang came alive during the Sandy Arts Guild’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The show, which ran Oct. 7–22 at the Mount Jordan Middle School Theater, tells the story of a day in the life Charlie Brown through monologues, short scenes and musical numbers. Based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, the cast also includes Linus, Schroeder, Lucy, Sally and Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy. The show was directed by Lisa Noyes. Noyes was selected after interviewing with the Sandy Arts Guild. “They called me and asked if I’d be interested in directing,” Noyes said. “It’s such a fun show with such fun music.” In preparation of casting the show, Noyes did a lot of research into the original comic strip, as well as watched the cartoon specials of Peanuts. “(During auditions) I would close my eyes and try to get the character out of the voice,” Noyes said. “I went off looks to try to put an ensemble together to bring the characters alive.” Noyes said her vision of the production was to bring the comic strip to life. She wanted the set and play to allow audience members to walk into the theater and remember reading Charlie Brown when they were younger. “I want them to step out of their life and enjoy an entertaining night,” Noyes said. The biggest challenge for Noyes and her cast was the shortened rehearsal schedule. There was only six weeks of rehearsal time before opening night. However, because the cast is made up of only six actors, Noyes said the show was simpler to plan and a lot easier to block.

The Sandy Arts Guild presented “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” as their fall musical. (Karla Marsden/Sandy Arts Guild)

“The show came together beautifully,” Noyes said. Noyes was hard pressed to select one part of the play as her favorite. She said every time she watched the show, she would pick a new favorite part. “The show is so fun and so different every time,” Noyes said. “When the musical numbers come on, that’s going to be your favorite part.” Josh Little played the titular role of Charlie Brown. Little played the role 27 years previously in high school. He recently was looking for a show to do and thought Charlie Brown would


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be ideal. “We can all relate to Charlie Brown,” Little said. “He’s the loveable loser. He has things going wrong in spades.” Little said he feels he’s been preparing for the role of Charlie Brown for the past 47 years. “It’s my life story,” Little said. “He seems to have a lot of things go wrong but he keeps trying.” The hardest part of preparing for the show for Little was the dancing. As a trained singer, Little said he performs in plays for the chance to sing. However, he said with Noyes’s patience, he was able to accomplish it. Little’s favorite part of the show was the baseball scene. “It has the most energy and is an interesting display of all the characters,” Little said. “It’s also a tender moment.” Krista Gowda played the role of Lucy in the show. Gowda was working as the assistant stage manager for the Sandy Arts Guild’s summer production of “The Little Mermaid.” While her background is in stage craft, Gowda said the role of Lucy was a part she has loved since high school. “I haven’t been on stage in years but Lucy is one of those parts that is so fun,” Gowda said. “It’s one of those dream roles.” Gowda described Lucy as being crabby, royal, brilliant and always right. “She’s the ultimate big sister,” Gowda said. “It’s her calling to set everyone straight.” Gowda said she hoped audience members lost themselves in the fun of the music. “I hope they leave full of enjoyment and maybe a little l nostalgia,” Gowda said.


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Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation holds bond election By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


alt Lake County Parks and Recreation will have a bond election on the Nov. 8 ballot across the entire county. Called Salt Lake County Proposition A, the bond will issue $90 million to build new parks, trails, recreational amenities and a recreation center, as well as renovate and improve existing facilities. According to Callie Birdsall, the communications and public relations manager of Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, the county currently has a bond for parks and recreation projects out that will expire this year. The bond that is on the ballot is a continuation of that bond. “This bond that is coming out is to build these facilities, build some more parks, update the Jordan River with the water trail,” Birdsall said. “It’s not really a new tax. It’s a continuation.” The proposition builds upon the reauthorized Zoo, Arts and Parks tax, which passed in November 2014 with 77 percent of the vote. The proposed $90 million in bonds is divided into $59 million in proposed projects and $31 million in proposed maintenance and improvement for parks and recreation locations that already exist. The first listed project is $2.7 million for Knudsen Nature Park in Holladay. The park will include a playground, open lawn, pavilions, picnic tables, fishing pond, wildlife education center, amphitheater, water mill education center, trails, covered bridges and restoring 475 feet of Big Cottonwood Creek. West Valley City will receive a $3 million Pioneer Crossing Park with open space, boardwalks, historical education areas, natural amphitheater, urban camping areas and a canoe launch. The Magna Township will get a $11.2 million for the Magna Regional Park. The park will include a multi-use sports fields, a playground with water play, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, a paved perimeter trail, skate sports and neighborhood access points. The Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center will receive nearly $2.5 million in upgrades and additions. This includes replacing pool mechanical systems to save on energy costs and replacing the existing filtration system with a more efficient and environmentally friendly system. The existing outdoor diving pool will be reconfigured to include 500 additional square feet of water surface area and will be fully ADA accessible. Wheeler Farm will receive a $2.75 million outdoor education center, which will include a 150-person classroom, a greenhouse, demonstration kitchens, offices and storage. Hands-on experiences will include horticulture, agriculture, livestock, watershed science, urban forestry and volunteer opportunities. South Jordan can expect a $12 million Welby Regional Park if the bond passes. Phase one of park development will be located primarily on 10200 South and will encompass approximately 47 acres. The park will include lighted multipurpose sports fields, a playground picnic shelters and a walking path. A $2.2 million Jordan River Water Trail is also proposed and will include a series of formal boat access points at strategic locations throughout the Salt Lake County’s section of the Jordan River. A new Jordan River Water Trail will be implemented and other improvements will strive to improve the current condition along the river. White City Township can expect a nearly $1.7 million White City/Sandy Trail. The paved pedestrian and bike trail will follow along the abandoned canal in White City beginning at 9400 South and will run along south to the Dimple Dell Regional Park, where it will connect with the Sandy Canal Trail. The largest project proposed bond is the nearly $20 million recreation center in Draper. The 35,910-square-foot center will feature a competitive lap pool, a leisure pool with a water slide and amenities, child care, two dance/multi-use rooms, fitness area, trails,

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We’re here when you need us – 24/7. Eleven new projects and several improvement projects are part of the proposed parks and recreation bond. (Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation)

open space and space for a future gymnasium. New $25,000 multi-use sports courts are slated for Salt Lake City that will include lights and a storage facility. Each court will be made out of asphalt or concrete. The last project listed with the bond is a $1.75 million Oak Hills Tennis Center in Salt Lake City. Located along the fifth hole of Salt Lake City’s Bonneville Golf Course, improvements include renovations to the existing tennis facility clubhouse. The $31 million in maintenance and improvement projects will include the Dimple Dell Regional Park, the Equestrian Park, Mick Riley Golf Course, mountain trails, Oquirrh Park, Salt Lake County parks, Southridge Park, Sugar House Park and universally accessible playgrounds. According to Birdsall, the proposed projects were submitted to the ZAP board for consideration. The approved projects were then sent on to the county council for their approval. The county has held several public meetings in various cities to educate the public on proposed bond. “We have posters and brochures in recreation centers, city halls, event centers (and) libraries,” Birdsall said. Birdsall believes the public is responding well to the proposed projects. “The support of parks and trails and open space is incredible every single year because of the increase in population and the urban sprawl that is happening. The need for open space is exponentially growing,” Birdsall said. “When you talk about parks and recreation, most people are pretty excited about it.” To learn more about the proposed bond and the projects it includes, visit slco.org/parks-recreation-bond. l

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Efforts to decrease response times continue By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com


n 2013, a man in Granite choked to death eating a piece of pizza. The family called 911 but the responders were too late, taking nearly twice as long as normal to get to the home. An investigation by the Sandy City Fire Department would later show that the man would have died even if the responders were to arrive in their maximum average of six minutes. But, this helped launch a continuing discussion on how to reduce response times to homes in the islands of unincorporated Salt Lake County. “It really raised our sensitivity about response times and that same short stretch of road experienced a double homicide and an arson a year before,” former Granite Community Council Chair Mary Young said. Young and other members of the Granite Community Council met with various leaders of several agencies, including the Sandy Fire Department, which now provides emergency fire and medical response to certain areas of the unincorporated county. As an outgrowth of those meetings and input from Young, the Sandy Police Department put together a list of tips for citizens to help responders get to their homes promptly. Young said she began a response time “crusade” after a fire

gutted the home of David Evans at 9696 South Quail Ridge Road in June 2014. Young said, confirmed by many media reports, that there were more than a dozen calls placed to report the fire. Sandy City Fire Department was the first to respond in 12 minutes and United Fire Authority arrived in 18 minutes. In the chaotic deluge of info to at least two different dispatch centers — Sandy City uses Salt Lake City’s dispatch center while Salt Lake County uses the Valley Emergency Communications Center — misinformation was routed to Sandy City Fire, according to Young. The firefighter began to set up houses at the wrong property before a neighbor instructed them as to the actual location of the fire. The Quail Ridge Road incident was a microcosm of the challenges that dispatch centers and responders in the Salt Lake Valley currently face. A significant factor in the incident were cell phones. While the cell phones allow unprecedented access to 911 response centers, cell calls get routed to the dispatch center for the municipality of the tower, not the caller. This can add precious minutes to response times as information is gathered and transferred to the appropriate dispatch center. “When you pick up a landline home phone, it would ring to the right center and they would know exactly where they were in direct response to the location,” Sandy City Police Sergeant Dean Carriger said. Carriger also said that dispatch centers are prepared for errant call routing with protocols for gathering, transferring and

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even dispatching depending on the call’s location to minimize time spent on getting responders moving to that location. “We are all focused on the same thing: providing excellent customer service to our residents,” Sandy City Fire Chief Bruce Cline said of all involved in emergency response. The list of pointers suggests that people call from land lines if possible and to have the caller be familiar with the area enough to describe the particulars of where the responders are needed. It also calls for patience with any transfer protocol between dispatch centers. “Law enforcement is looked at in a lot of different ways,” Carriger said. “But you can summarize it another way: we are a customer service organization.” Carriger said the city continues to change in both the size and density, as illustrated by the annexing of “The Triangle,” a section of about 90 homes between Wasatch Boulevard and State Roads 209 and 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon. These instant additions of homes and territory to Sandy do raise questions regarding whether responders are equipped to handle the sudden increase in demand for services to the areas of recent annexations. Until recently, the police department has been understaffed by as many as 17 officers. The department has nearly restored its ranks to previous levels of employment, but struggles to find and retain new officers. “Forty percent are at or below four years,” Police Chief Kevin Thacker said in a May 10 city council meeting. “We’ve


S andy Journal .Com hired 36 officers since 2012.” The city recently overhauled the salary structure of the police department to make the department more desirable to new hires and lateral hires, or new hires from other police departments. Changes in the composition of the city, moving from rural to suburban to more true urban, also change the expectations that residents have for the police and fire departments. The rural ethic that Sandy historically espoused years ago called for a more independent and self-sufficient ethic where citizens would have to be a “little more prepared to take care of themselves” because of the simple fact that it would take responders longer to get to calls, Carriger said. The change to a suburban and soon to a more urban feel typically means more responders in a smaller area to deal with the larger and more concentrated population, so people become accustomed to the high expectation of very rapid response. But, Sandy City has sought to progress the image of being the place where urban and mountain scenes meet. This means that the city still has several properties that are secluded near the mountains. “Some homes are back in nice wooded areas and on larger pieces of property, which is the appeal of the property and is also not illuminated,” Carriger said of homes on Sandy’s eastside and unincorporated islands. “Those can be a hindrance and slow response times because it is harder to find the address where the emergency is occurring.” The list of tips from the police and Young can help mitigate any problems. It says to have a house number clearly displayed on the ingress to the property if the home is set back 45 feet or more

from the road and that it remains clear from obstruction from decorations, flags, foliage or snow. Numbers on mailboxes or on curbs are easily blocked, the list reads. Residents are also able to provide information for dispatchers about the special nature of their home like a gate code, directions or doors to go to. It is possible to associate a home address with a cell phone so a caller’s home address is available regardless if the call is placed with a cell phone. Young said one measure she is working on with a fellow Granite resident is having the local Boy Scout troops

“We are all focused on the same thing: providing excellent customer service to our residents.” house numbers on curbs with reflective paint. However, she acknowledges how easy it is for these to be obstructed by snow or trash cans. The list says house numbers should be Arabic numerals at least four inches tall, contrast with their background, clearly seen from approaching the home in any direction, clear of trees or shrubbery or decorations and near the front door or over the garage. For homes that are set back more than 45 feet from the street, numbers need to be posted where approaching responders can easily see them. Mailboxes often face the same problems as reflective house numbers on a curb. An additional wrinkle to the story is that Sandy left the

November 2016 | Page 9 Valley Emergency Communications Center, the dispatch center that services the better part of Salt Lake Valley towns, to have the Salt Lake City Dispatch Center handle 911 calls. Cline said the move was a cost-savings move that gave access to a more technologically advanced system. But, the Salt Lake City Dispatch Center uses a different computer-assisted dispatch center than VECC. VECC, the dispatch center for several agencies, uses technology from a company called Spillman Technology and Salt Lake City’s Dispatch center uses Versaterm Inc. Unified Police Department uses a separate call center on Versaterm technology. The two systems are incapable of communicating directly or seeing other dispatch assets the other system accounts for. This, in part, has contributed to the confusion over dispatching responders to unincorporated county. But Salt Lake County leadership put up $1.4 million and has received significant financial aid from the state to build a county-wide consolidated dispatch system with the company Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure. “If someone were to call into Salt Lake City Dispatch and it is a Draper call it will be a seamless transfer,” Cline said. The dispatch centers will continue to service their relevant cities, according to Cline. He also said the goal is to have the new system in place in about 18 months. “The only difference you would see between responders is the patch on their shoulder,” Cline said. “They are all there to provide excellent customer service to whoever or wherever it is.” The tips can be found in the PDF above. l

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Canyons Board of Education will further study on possible changes to schools’ bell schedules as ways to save money on busing and possibly solve the shortage of bus drivers. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


anyons Board of Education recently asked for more study in two separate areas: a possible change in the district bell schedule at many of the schools, as well as a new schedule for each of the eight middle schools. At the Aug. 16 Board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Bob Dowdle showed ways the District could save money on busing as well as possible solve the shortage of bus drivers. Using data from a bell-efficiency study, Dowdle said that by consolidating or piggybacking bus routes and moving start times at some schools back or forward by 15 minutes, it would allow drivers more time to complete longer routes. Dowdle said changes would remove 21 buses from the daily operation and save up to $340,000 in bus driver labor and $360,000 in fuel and maintenance costs. Another option, he said, would be to alter the bell times by 30 minutes to remove 33 buses from daily use with a potential of saving $1 million in labor, fuel and maintenance. By consolidating bus routes, it would help the District hire more drivers on a full-time basis — and offer them benefits. Haney said every school district in the state is having an acute need for drivers. “Bus drivers with their CDL licenses are able to find full-time employment elsewhere, leaving us in a shortage. We’ve had our office staff, including the director, leave the office to fill bus routes since we can’t hire enough part-time help. Basically, the transportation department brought forth the idea of streamlining bus services,” he said.

At this time, there is no formal proposal before the board. “This is step two in a long process before the board considers any action,” Haney said. Haney said that input will be sought from other groups — including parents — before any formal decision is made. Board President Sherril Taylor asked Dowdle to meet with School Community Councils throughout the 2016-17 school year to share the study’s findings. In a separate issue, the Board also is looking into changing the middle school schedule at all of the eight District middle schools. Canyons School Performance Director Mike Sirois said at the Sept. 20 meeting that the Middle School Schedule Committee has decided on four principles that will guide the development of a new schedule. Those being, the schedule must promote teamwork and collaboration, maximize quality instruction time, provide time for all students to participate in electives and have built-in intervention. What has been found is that this will be a challenge to find one schedule that will meet the unique instructional and social needs of all Canyons middle schools, Sirois told the Board. Even so, a proposed schedule could be presented to the Board by late fall. Canyons spokesman Jeff Haney said that this at the beginning of a long process and there will be no action taken for the 2017-18 school year. “We are wanting a collaboration from teachers as well as ensuring that we fulfill the required state board electives,” he said. l

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“Music Man,” “Once Upon A Mattress” musicals set for Sandy high school stages By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


his November, Sandy residents can support both Jordan High theater students presenting “Once Upon a Mattress” and the Alta High cast in “Music Man.” Jordan High students will take the stage first, with 7 p.m. show times on Thursday, Nov. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 12 and again on Monday, Nov. 14 in their auditorium, 95 East Beetdigger Blvd. Tickets are available at the main office and at the door for $7. Alta’s “Music Man” takes place the following weekend at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19 and again Monday, Nov. 21 in the auditorium, 11055 South Hawk Highway. Tickets are $8.25 in advance at the school’s main office or $9 at the door. The 45-member cast of “Once Upon a Mattress,” which has been in rehearsal since Sept. 6, is under the direction of teacher Suzie DuVal and senior Lauren Bell. DuVal said the choir teacher suggested the musical this year. “We have both strong lead males and females so we knew our talented students would make it a great show,” she said. “It’s also a larger musical so we could involve more students.” The cast is led by senior Jack Gardner, who plays Prince Dauntless, and junior McKenna Rogers, who is Princess Winnifred. Junior Mira Kocherhans is the jester and Lady Larken is played by sophomore Sofia Somsen. “It will be a great family show with really great dancing and the medievallooking costumes are fantastic,” DuVal said. Costumes are designed by Mary Ellen Smith and the music choreographer is Lara Stone. Alta’s “Music Man,” under the direction of teacher Emily Barker and assistant director senior Connor O’Hagan, has a cast of 70 students — which includes elementary and middle school students and dance company and orchestra members — in addition to a 15-member tech crew. “This show is always a fun one to do, but it’s great with high school students because it has a strong chorus and we can involve as many students as possible,” Barker said. “We have a lot of talent to showcase this year.” The role of Harold Hill is played by senior Sam Martinez and Marian the librarian is performed by junior Heather Bondine. Winthrop is played by seventhgrader Daniel Mickelsen. Junior Chandler Beers plays Mayor Shinn and senior Cassie White is the mayor’s wife, Mrs. Shenn. Music is under the direction of April Iund, with choreography by Lauralyn

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Alta High School theatre students perform on stage in Cedar City at the annual Utah Shakespeare High School Competition. (Linze Struiksma/Alta High School)

Koffard. Theater teacher Linze Struiksma is the creative consultant. Alta announced its show in May so students had the summer to prepare their roles for auditions in early September. “The kids are really working hard. We put them into families so on stage, we hope the audience will feel the relationships and part of the community. Meredith Wilson wrote it as a love story to that time period and people, so we’re performing it as a peek into what life was in River City, Iowa at the time. It’s a fun set and will be a show with lot of great dancing and singing and high energy,” Barker said. Both schools recently participated alongside more than 3,000 others from across the state and region at the annual Utah Shakespeare High School Competition in Cedar City. Jordan students performed an ensemble piece from “Richard III,” under the direction of DuVal and student Mira Kocherhans. “We looked for a really good ensemble scene and realized that much of the politics of that day are still reflected into those of today,” DuVal said. The school also took students performing scenes and monologues, the improvisation team and the dance company, who performed “A Storm Approaches,” choreographed by Ismael Arrieta and based on “The Tempest.” “We love to hear what the judges say as they give us immediate feedback,” Dance Company Director Adrienne Dunkley said DuVal said Shakespeare is important for students to study and learn. “When they understand it, they get a sense of ownership and wear a badge of honor saying, ‘I get this,’ and feel accomplished. I like that it gives more opportunities for our students to learn and perform,” she said. Alta’s 26-member Shakespeare team, which practiced for five weeks leading up to

the competition, took third place overall in their division. Their ensemble piece was based on “Merchant of Venice,” with a modern-day spin. Students also performed individual events, including scenes and monologues. “I want them to walk away with a better understanding of Shakespeare,” said Struiksma, who directed the Shakespeare team with assistance from Barker. “The more they perform and read or are exposed to Shakespeare, the more natural it becomes. Then, they’ll appreciate it more.” She said it also provides them the opportunity to see performances by the Utah Shakespeare Company as well as other schools participating in the festival. “I like how the students make connections with other schools. There’s a lot of camaraderie among the students from the schools. They root for each other at the performances and set out to do things together,” Struiksma said. Ahead for both schools are the region and state competitions in March and April as well as more school performances. Jordan students will take the stage for “Emma,” based on the book by Jane Austen, at 7 p.m., March 2–4 and again March 6, 2017. Their one-act, student-directed plays will be at 7 p.m., May 18–20 and again May 22, 2017. In February, Alta students will perform “The Crucible,” followed by their one-act, student-directed plays in May. Jordan High theater students also will have the chance to experience Broadway shows as they and the school choral students travel to New York City over Presidents Day weekend in February. While the itinerary is yet to be completed, performances and workshops with theater professionals are being planned. l

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Alta Marching Band to march on Washington, D.C. By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


unior Jacque Wainwright is looking forward to spring. Not only will her broken ankle she injured in an early August marching band practice be fully healed, but she will also rejoin her older sister Jordyn, her twin brother Josh, and about 75 other members of the Alta High Marching Band when they march in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. “We were invited as the only band in the state to march in the parade,” Jacque said, who joined her sister on the color guard three years ago, but continues to play flute and oboe. “I really like dancing and showing the emotion of the music through being a part of the color guard.” Alta Marching Band Director Caleb Shabestari said Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan nominated the band for the honor. “We’re excited at the chance to perform, plus it will be a great opportunity for the students to see our country’s government buildings, monuments and museums,” he said. Alta’s marching band, in its fourth year, isn’t just comprised of its own school members. They welcome members from private, charter and public schools in the area who do not have marching bands and who are committed to their schedule, which currently means nine hours of afterschool practices and a fall schedule of performances and competitions. Recently coming off of the Davis Cup on Oct. 11, the band, under the direction of drum majors seniors Hannah Johnson and Andrew Williams, took third place in its division. They are slated to perform in other competitions leading up to the Dixie State Red Rocks Competition and Utah State Marching Band Competition on Oct. 28. Last year, competing against other schools the same size, Alta’s marching band placed third at the state contest. The two previous years, competing at a level with fewer students, they won the state title. Before marching band competition season begins, Alta band also

marches in three Sandy and Draper parades as well as for neighborhood performances, in addition to practicing 200 hours in the summer and attending a 60-hour band camp in August. “The week consists of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday practicing with a lot of physical activity, mostly concentrating on our show,” said Jordyn, a senior at Alta who is in the color guard for marching band but plays clarinet and baritone sax in other school instrumental groups. “It’s exhausting. When we perform, we put everything into it so we, like the audience, to be able to hear and feel the music and get the emotion out of it. Our story we perform goes through interesting changes from being happy, then experiencing death and sadness to rebirth.” Alta’s show, “Avalon,” is set in the days of King Arthur and involves a battle scene during its five movements, which come from Mozart’s “Requiem” and Verdi’s “Requiem.” “The color guard is the main character as they lead us to the biggest visual component,” Shabestari said. Jordyn said she appreciates the freedom they’re able to express through movement. “Having dance background is helpful and so is flexibility. We’re constantly conditioning,” she said. Color guard, visual effects and visual ensemble are three components of the criteria the band is judged on. Others include music ensemble, musical performance and percussion effect. “I love the pieces of music and how they portray a story and the movement and visual aspects help add how the music is telling what’s happening,” said Jordyn’s brother Josh, who plays trombone and sousaphone. “Marching band is a commitment. We get marked down if someone doesn’t show. We can’t just switch and substitute someone as you could in sports. If someone isn’t playing their part right, that’s

Alta High School Marching Band was scheduled to wrap up its fall competitive season with the state championships on Oct. 28. (Caleb Shabestari/Alta High School)

another mark down. We’re a group and we put a lot of work into it. But it’s a lot of fun, because we’re friends.” Shabestari said students involved in marching band gain many life skills. “Marching band affects every aspect of daily life from social skills to leadership and teamwork. These kids are very organized and dedicated and come to rehearsal prepared, on time and ready. And studies show, music decreases stress in their life and helps them excel in other areas,” he said. When the marching band season concludes, Jacque and Jordyn and other members of the color guard will gear up for winter guard — a chance for them to perform during the winter season. Band members — who may play in one of the school’s other seven groups — will continue to sell items for fundraising for their Memorial Day parade trip and seeks sponsors who are willing to support the band. More information on how to contribute is available on altaband.org. l




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Vanessa Olsen, Edwin Carcano and Kiera Terrlink are seniors enrolled in the Medical Innovations Pathway. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

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Gov. Gary Herbert and Ken Eliason of Edward Life Sciences discuss the medical devices produced at the plant in Draper. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

“This program is a step forward for us addressing workforce challenges in our state.”


overnor Gary Herbert announced the launch of a new medical innovations pathway on Sept. 27 that will allow high school students the chance to graduate with a certificate in medical manufacturing innovations. From there, students can either continue their education at the post-secondary level or begin their career in life sciences. The new pathway was brought about through a partnership of USA Funds, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Department of Workforce Services. “We set a goal to become the best performing economy and a premier business destination,” Herbert said during a special presentation at Edward Life Sciences in Draper. “It’s encouraging to see the fruits of our labors, to see that happening in front of our eyes.” The Medical Innovations Pathway is being funding through a $1 million grant from USA Funds. This is the third pathway the state provides to high school students, the other two being aerospace and diesel technology. According to Ben Hart, the managing director for urban and rural business services at the Governor’s Office for Economic Development, the pathway works by partnering high school students with both a post-secondary institution and an industry. “They get some experience, some curriculum while they’re in high school and then they get further, more rigorous training at one of the secondary institutions and then they get a chance to go onsite in the industry,” Hart said. “Whether that’s a 48-hour internship or job shadow, they get a chance to see what they’re actually going to be doing.” Hart said the purpose of the pathways program is to empower students to make better career decisions so they can understand what jobs are actually like before deciding if it’s the right career for them. Herbert praised these programs because of the partnership between public and private interests. “Education is the key to long-term success economically,” Herbert said. “One of the reasons we’re having success is what I call the spirit of collaboration, this partnership and the one we see in this pathways program, exemplifies this idea of public and

private partnership working together for the good of the whole economy.” Herbert also praised the program for its potential to help people. “The advancements in science and technology we’re seeing and exhibiting here today is making people’s lives better,” Herbert said. “And at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.” Ken Eliason, vice-president of plant operations at Edward Life Sciences, thanked Herbert for pursuing these opportunities to improve their workforce and provide students with workforce opportunities. “This program is a step forward for us addressing workforce challenges in our state,” Eliason said. “We hope this program will not only provide stable and rewarding jobs but also create an interest in life sciences and STEM classes.” The Granite School District has been working on a life sciences program for the past nine years, developing training programs in both biotechnology and biomanufacturing. “This medical innovations pathway will take that work to the next level by providing direct linkage to companies who are seeking employees and the real work that is going on in these industries,” said Martin Bates, the superintendent of the Granite School District. The program will start in the Granite School District and will expand to the Davis and Canyons School Districts next year. The first semester of the program will take place in the high schools and the second semester will include curriculum from Salt Lake Community College. Students will also do internships and job shadowing. Upon completion of the Medical Innovations Pathway program and passing pre-employment requirements, students will be certified to begin work with one of the life science partners in Utah, receiving a family-sustaining wage. Kiera Terrlink, a senior at Skyline High School, will be starting the pathways program next semester. “People seemed so involved in their careers and it sounded like a good opportunity to start and figure out if that’s what I wanted to do,” Terrlink said. l

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Former Jazz player Thurl Bailey encourages education to prevent bullying By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


ormer Utah Jazz center Thurl Bailey stands 6 feet 11 inches now. When he was 13, he was 6 foot 4 inches and it didn’t matter. He was bullied at school.

“I was bullied because I was tall, but awkward from growing fast and I didn’t play sports,” he told Eastmont Middle School sixth-grade students. “I wasn’t accepted as I was and it was a difficult time for me since I didn’t fit in.” Bailey said that growing up in the civil rights era in the Washington, D.C. area, he would be bused into a desegregated school where everything was “foreign in a sense.” “I was going to a school where they didn’t want me as a person of color and where I was focused on my education, I was mistaken for being weak and was teased. I even felt deserted from my own peers and community because I wasn’t a black athlete and academics were considered foreign to them,” he said. Bailey said that luckily he found a group of friends who helped smooth the way. “My parents talked to me about what was going on in society so I understood, but it didn’t make it any easier not feeling accepted. Every kid wants to feel and should be accepted,” he said. Now Bailey said kids have different issues, including social media bullying. “It’s a broader issue now, but they need to learn how to react, how to make choices, and know there are people who are there to help,” he said. Bailey and members of the Utah Jazz stunt team were at Eastmont to support Life Changing Experiences’ “Free 2B” interactive theater program. At the beginning of the program, students were given a quiz to identify how much they know about bullying — what it is, if they

Eastmont students react to the size difference of middle-school students to 6-foot 11-inche former Jazz center Thurl Bailey. Bailey spoke to sixth-graders about anti-bullying. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

should report it, how it makes them feel to either be bullied or see someone bullied, and who bullying impacts. Then, they were shown a movie, “2C or not 2C,” where a high school group of friends developed a pair of glasses that can see into one another’s emotions and feelings. Sporting the prototypes, a student identifies with students who are teased, pushed around, and made fun of and then stands up for each of them. The final scene is when the popular jocks try to push around students on a basketball court. The main bully pushes the boy with the prototype glasses down, breaking the glasses, and puts the ball in for the game winning lay-up. He then taunts the team, but realizes he is the loser when his team, and fans, walk away with those he calls “losers.” And the boy with the glasses realizes that

he doesn’t need the glasses, but just needs to stand up and be empathetic to his classmates. Another film showed how a boy felt alone and scared after being ridiculed on the internet for his red hair. The only friends he felt he had were those on the internet, but he was scared to log on and see how many more people made fun of him. After seeing some posts from others who felt alone but supported him and later seeing how they followed him wearing red wigs when they met, he realized he wasn’t alone. A final quiz, testing what students learned over the program, was given and the top three contestants received Utah Jazz tickets. Life Changing Experience Vice President of Operations Kenneth Bain said he hopes students learn to not become a bystander, but that this program will strengthen their empathy and awareness of others. “You have to create a mental hook in your mind and be aware of bullying,” he said. “You don’t need special glasses. It doesn’t take technology to identify bulling. You just need to take a stand.” Life Changing Experiences also partners with the Dallas Mavericks and the Philadelphia 76ers. Principal Stacy Kurtzhals said that while bullying isn’t any more of an issue at Eastmont as at other schools, the program came at a good time. In November, students will learn from counselors about how to identify bullying, how to deal with a bullying situation and how to report it, so “it will tie into what they learned today,” she said, adding that “we’ll also teach them how to be a friend.” Sixth-grader Chelsea Ballou said it was a fun way to approach the subject. “It was a fun, interactive experience with movie clips, games and trivia and any time you can include technology is good since kids love to learn that way,” she said. “This was fun to incorporate the Jazz and listen to Thurl Bailey talk about his experience.” l

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Dance concert “Through Our Eyes” slated for December By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


he Jordan High Dance Company and dance classes will perform at their concert, “Through Our Eyes,” in December. About 150 students will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 9 at Jordan High, 95 East Beetdigger Blvd. Tickets will be $5 in advance at the main office, $7 at the door, or $6 at the door with can food donations for the Utah Food Bank. There also will be a silent auction with about 16 gift baskets ranging from sports to cooking themes, which will be a fundraiser for the dance company program. The dance concert is directed by Adrienne Dunkley with Sarah Forsling as the assistant director. “Each dance will give the audience a glimpse into the lives of people as well as the students,” Dunkley said. “We have professional works as well as some great student choreography. We’ve learned that if students use their experiences from their daily lives, they’re more involved, more invested in the show.” Dunkley said many of the 55 students in ballroom I and II classes will showcase the foxtrot, cha-cha and waltz. “Ballroom has grown each year with more students taking it. It’s good experience for

Jordan High Dance Company will perform in a December concert before heading on tour to Southern California in January 2017. (Ismael Arrieta/Jordan High School)

students to learn how to communicate and work with one another as well as learn to respect their partner. It’s real world applications so they’re able to have these social skills, not just text,” Dunkley said. Dance I, II and III students will likely perform contemporary, jazz and possibly hip hop, but those students have more freedom in their dance choices and combine it with original choreography, she said.

The 16-member dance company also will take the stage, showcasing their talent. “The dancers in dance company have danced for a long time. They are highly motivated and love to perform,” she said. Annually, dance company holds auditions in May. Members need to maintain a 3.0 grade-point average, have three teacher recommendations and demonstrate their talent and technique in front of a panel of judges.

Then, after practicing in May and into June, dance company takes a break until late July when they participate in a three-day camp to learn dances they perform for assemblies and games. In August, they are back on a full-day schedule until school begins. Once school is in session, they practice one-and-a-half to three hours each weekday. Already, dance company performed at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and High School Competition in early October. The dance company also plans to tour Southern California Jan. 18–22, 2017, including a 30-minute performance at Knotts Berry Farm and workshops with Edge Performing Arts Center and Disneyland. Workshops could include choreography or learning how to audition. “Performing at Shakespeare or Knotts Berry Farm give(s) students different venues. Many of these places don’t let us practice in the same place we perform so we learn to be more aware of our spacing to each other. These give our students good learning experiences,” Dunkley said. The year will end with a March 17, 2017, Jordan Best Dance Crew Contest, a competition open to all Jordan students, and an April 2017 spring dance concert. l


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Alta golfers had a positive 2016 By Billy Swartzfager | billy@mycityjournals.com


he boys golf team at Alta High School recently finished the 2016 season. The state tournament was Oct. 3 and 4 at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah. The Hawks had a team goal of reaching the tournament as a team and qualifying to play as a team past the first round of cuts. Alta didn’t quite accomplish the second part of their 2016 goals, as only Junior Kayleb Barton played on day two of the tournament. The weather on the first day of the state tournament was terrible according to Head Coach Cody Nesbit, and contributed to much higher scores than anticipated. Senior McKay DowDell, who had played both days at state the previous two seasons, didn’t quite make the cut to play on day two this time around. Seniors Easton Egan, Jake Taylor and Noah Plowman also struggled with the weather and played only the first day at state. Kayleb scored a 77 on day one and an 81 on day two to finish in the middle of the pack with a 158 over both days. He also medaled in the region tournament, placing ninth. Though the state tournament was tough on the Hawks, the team had a great year, spending time together and really building camaraderie and supporting one another while on the course and elsewhere. “My players love spending time together on the bus rides to events. They love to compete

Alta High School’s 2016 golf team (James Falls/Alta High School)

amongst each other at different events. They love to play new courses that bring new challenges,” Nesbit said. Many of Alta’s golfers have been playing together on a varsity level since they were sophomores and have been able to get to know each other’s ins and outs well enough to be a tight-knit group of kids, though they are very diverse in things they are passionate about off the golf course.

“They are also a diverse group of athletes; I have two soccer players, two baseball players and a kid who is an avid snow skier,” Nesbit said, “They are well rounded, also great kids in the classroom.” According to the coach, these young men can focus on their shortcomings and know how to spend time working on them. Every practice for an Alta golfer is a practice with a purpose. Each golfer will assess their biggest areas in need

for improvement and will deliberately spend a lot of time developing that particular skill, whether it be reaching greens or getting off the tee well. Everyone spends time on the short game, Nesbit said. “Short game is a must at every practice!” he said. “This is where you make up the most shots of your round. Putting, chipping and more putting.” Alta’s upperclassmen had a tough ending to the season this year, not meeting their own expectations. But they have gotten more from playing together than wins could provide. They have cultivated a love of golf that will likely last a very long time and have developed friendships that will, hopefully, last just as long. The tradition with Alta golfers is to play well in region and represent themselves well at state. The upperclassmen did that together this season, while also setting an example for those who will follow. Freshman Brant Butterfield played at this year’s state tournament and shot an 84, better than many older kids on the course that day. “That 84 in state will help him continue the tradition of Alta competing in the region and making it to state,” Nesbit said of Brant’s state tournament debut. l

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2016 Jordan High School girls’ soccer team (Marli Martin/Jordan Soccer)

Some of the 2016 Jordan cross country team after an event earlier this season (Andrew Yawn/Jordan Coach)



he Jordan girls soccer team just wrapped up their 2016 season, playing undefeated region two power Davis on Oct. 11, the first day of the 2016 state tournament. The Beetdiggers lost the matchup on Davis’ home field 3-0. The young Jordan team finished the regular season 5-8-1, with a record of 5-7 in their region, taking fourth place and earning a spot in the state tournament. The season, which began back in August, started with a 0-0 tie against Hillcrest. The Beetdiggers followed the tie with a pair of losses to Murray (8-0) and Copper Hills (5-0). Jordan earned its first win of the year against West Jordan (3-0) on August 25, followed by another two wins against Cottonwood (8-0) and Taylorsville (1-0). Jordan didn’t win again until they played West Jordan once more on Sept. 25, scoring three goals to the Jaguars’ one. The team this year was led by a few returning players. Sophomore goal tender Erika Oldham played very well, as did Gwen Christipherson, also a sophomore, who was one of the team’s leading scorers. Alli Pickering, one of the sparse number of seniors on the team, played a solid midfield for the Beetdiggers. “She is the muscle to our team,” fourthyear coach Marli Martin said of Alli’s abilities as both a player and a leader. After another win over region four Cottonwood on Sept. 27, Jordan lost the remainder of their games, though to many tough teams, including Brighton (3-1) and Bingham (5-1). Even though Jordan didn’t have a winning record for the season, they still accomplished their goals from the beginning of the year. After losing seven seniors from 2015, Martin knew her team was going to be young and mostly inexperienced. So, the coach wanted to utilize the few remaining

upperclassmen to set an example for the young, up-and-coming players who will lead the team in years to come. “We have a small senior class that is passing on their dedication and discipline to our team,” Martin said. “They are setting the example on how to get better every day.” The majority of practice time is spent building upon lessons learned from the previous day’s game or practice. The players focus on their individual roles and how to improve upon them as well as learning about the role they play on the team and how those roles lead to success. “We train to do better every day. Every drill, exercise I create is to build upon the last day,” said Martin. That collective approach should help the Beetdiggers in seasons to come. They believe when everyone plays their role, it will lead to successful team soccer. If they start with the ball in the back and maintain possession of it going forward, moving the ball wisely, they believe they will create more opportunities on goal up front. “We are working on being dangerous in our attack,” Martin said. Aside from the state tournament, the Jordan soccer players look forward to region matches, particularly against neighboring Brighton, a team which took second in the region this season and won both matches against the Beetdiggers. Jordan will have to wait until 2017 for another crack at the Bengals, or anyone else, but it looks as though the experiences in 2016 will provide for a strong outing when they reconvene next season. “We are a young team and working on building them to compete in a couple years. They are hard workers and take pride in being the underdog in every game,” Martin said. l

ndrew Yawn is a first-year cross-country coach at Jordan High School. His team is young, vastly inexperienced and few in numbers. But that hasn’t stopped the coach from expecting a competitive squad to step onto the track and it hasn’t stopped the youth involved from reaching for more, believing in themselves and that success is within their grasp. “We stress self-competition and doing better each day, whether that is practice or a meet,” Yawn said. The team this season is led by a low number of senior runners, seven boys and two girls, while the rest of the group is mostly sophomores and juniors. Joe Jewkes, a senior, has been Jordan’s leading runner all season on the boys side of the team and Hanna Dotson, also a senior, is cutting the path for the girls group. The goals for the team are as varied as the kids on it. Some of the more experienced runners have goals that pertain to running at the region and state level, while many of the younger, inexperienced runners have set goals that are more about their personal bests. “We really emphasize personal records because individual success usually leads to team success,” Yawn said. Yawn, who also ran at Jordan High School, loves running and really wants to establish the feeling that running is a fun thing to do and a very good way to see self-improvement. The cross-country team at Jordan is made up of kids running at all sorts of skill levels, and Yawn believes each and every kid on the team can set goals that will allow them to improve and build their confidence for the future, whether that be running or something else. “I want our kids to feel like running is fun as opposed to them thinking that it is a form of punishment,” Yawn said. Having such a young team, a team that doesn’t have much competitive experience,

can be difficult, but the coach, as well as his assistants, hopes their approach will eventually lead to long-term success as their current runners mature and new ones come into the program. “We try to focus on what we can control ourselves rather than what other teams or other runners are doing,” Yawn said. The coaching staff at Jordan, consisting of Yawn, another assistant who also ran at Jordan and another assistant who coached both when they were teenagers, has a solid and unified approach to positivity and focus on reachable goals. According to Yawn, that philosophy and approach led to a state championship while he was a runner at Jordan. The team has run in several meets this year, taking fourth a couple of times and second at their first meet in Stansbury. According to Yawn, running in the various meets allows his runners to see both good teams and teams that are currently building for future seasons. “It’s good for them to see where they are and where they could go if they stick to it,” Yawn said. The state meet was held on Oct. 19 at Sugarhouse Park. The Jordan cross-country runners got a lot out of the race, whether competing for a winning time or a time that will be a new personal best. l

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This bad behavior by a few has no doubt diminished the respect citizens have for all levels of government, and by extension, tarnished the reputation of all elected o­fficials, unfairly. I share the disdain for the state of politics today and I’m more frustrated every time I turn on the television. I was frankly feeling fed up with it all, but then I looked out during city council and saw the scouts. I was able to give out awards to citizens who had gone out of their way to beautify their neighborhoods. I reflected on the courageous stories I hear about our police o­fficers keeping our city safe, of the youth accomplishing amazing feats and about the many volunteers who donate so many hours to make our community unique. I felt thankful for their contributions and in that moment, I forgot the negativity of this election. And, that’s when it hit me. America will always be great because of its people and for the good they do on neighborhood streets across this country. That is what should

be celebrated! My greatest enjoyment as an elected o­fficial is my personal interaction with those I serve. I vow to ramp up my efforts even more to get out on the streets of our community to “Find The Good” happening daily. Yes, November is election month, but more importantly, it is a month to be thankful. Imagine the difference in our collective attitude if we all took a few moments to reflect on what made us thankful instead of the negativity of politics. So, let’s do it, let’s make a difference. I challenge each of you to “#FindTheGood.”

How to join Mayor Dolan and #FindTheGood: 1. Record a video either A. sharing things you are thankful for and/or B. as you spot good going on in our community. 2. Share your video on Facebook and tag Sandy City and add #FindTheGood to your post. 3. We will share some of our favorite videos with our followers and continue to spread the positivity across our world! Bonus: Check out Sandy City on Facebook to see others’ videos, including our own Mayor Dolan and other City officials. l







olitical elections can often be contentious, but the 2016 presidential election has been particularly negative, disheartening and often, sickening. It’s no wonder we all are tired of hearing about politics, lament the state of our country and worry our elected o­fficials have lost sight of who they serve.



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hirty-five years in any industry is nothing to sneeze at. It means a lifetime of ups and downs, good and bad markets and changes in the industry are all distilled into one source—the mind of a local real estate agent. Joe Olschewski, real estate agent for Ulrich Realtors, (“Real Estate Joe”) is just such a character. For 35 years, Olschewski has helped innumerable people buy or sell homes at any number of different stages of life. “I’m anxious to make people comfortable and to do the right thing,” Olschewski said. “I’ll assist them any way I can. I’m not here to push them in buying something they don’t want to buy. “ Olschewski takes honesty, integrity, dedication and commitment personally, leading to being well-respected by many people in Salt Lake, Davis and Utah Counties. He represents his clients to the utmost, and uses his vast amount of understanding to educate

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f researchers study my genetic make-up, they’ll find a preponderance of genes that create a longing for candy and silence, and a disturbing lack of genes related to interior design and holiday decorating.  When my kids were little, my decorating style was what I called Sticky Chic or Bohemian Toddler. As they grew into teenagers, my design concepts alternated between Early Landfill and Festive Asylum. Now, my style is what I lovingly call Dust. Before Pinterest was a thing, I’d scour magazines for ways to make my home look pleasant that didn’t involve renting a bulldozer or spending $5,000. Now I’ll spend hours on Pinterest, scrolling through images of beautiful kitchens and bathrooms; then I’ll purchase a new garbage can and call it good. I’m amazed by people who can look at a room and visualize décor that belongs in Good Housekeeping because people who visit my home usually ask if I get my decorating ideas from Mad magazine. I just don’t have an eye for that kind of stuff. My genes have no idea

what to do with throw pillows. How can you sit on a couch with 27 throw pillows? Someone once said, “Design is thinking made visual.” If my thinking could be made visual I’m afraid it would include a lot of blank and/or confused stares, accompanied by slow blinking. I know a woman who used a handful of matchsticks and a pound of year-old taffy to sculpt a quaint Halloween yard display.

For Christmas, she twisted three green pipecleaners into a full-size holiday tree, and then adorned it with a dozen hand-knitted baby quail. She leaves a trail of glitter wherever she goes. I hate her. To me, decorating means finding kitchen tile that camouflages spaghetti stains or changing out the family photo that is 10 years old. I have no idea how to arrange lovely accent pieces. If I’m feeling a little wild, I might invest in a scented candle. I was recently asked to help create fun table decorations using crinkly paper strips and plastic flowers. I dumped what I thought was an appropriate amount of paperage and flowers on the table, but my centerpiece looked like a crinkly green nest that had been attacked by crows. The woman in charge of the event walked up to my “decorated” tables and let out a gasp. She quickly rearranged four strands of the crinkly paper and suddenly the whole table transformed into a fairy wonderland with twinkly lights and butterflies. A real decorator

defies the laws of physics. Halloween decorating is easy. I already have the cobwebs and spiders. I just sprinkle some blood on the floor and call it good. Christmas decorating is a little more difficult. Last year, using my sparse skills, I spent the entire afternoon creating a festive holiday atmosphere in our home. My husband walked in, sipping his Diet Coke, and glanced around the room. “I thought you were going to decorate.” I looked at my hours of work and tersely replied, “I did.”   “What’s that pile of crinkly paper strips doing in the middle of the room?”  There was a long pause while I considered the ramifications of manslaughter. “Don’t you have something to do?”  Now that scientists can genetically modify our DNA, perhaps I can get an infusion of the interior design gene. I don’t need to be Martha Stewart level, but at least something a little better than Mad magazine.l




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Sandy November 2016  

Vol. 16 Iss. 11

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